While Sikhs in the U.S. are bracing for waves of hate incidents unleashed by President-Elect Donald Trump's vitriol campaign, Sikhs in India are facing the outright violation of their civil rights by the Punjab government, which banned their right to free assembly and free speech last week for Sarbat Khalsa 2016 at Talwandi Sabo. Nearly 50 people were arrested, including Resham Singh, an American citizen from Bakersfield, California, for attempting to organize or participate in the Sikh parliament. The interim jathedaars appointed by Sarbat Khalsa 2015 have called upon Sikhs to boycott the regime of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal. Sikh activists from North America and Europe jointly filed a complaint last week with the U.N. Human Rights Council against the Punjab government for denying permission to hold a Sarbat Khalsa, curbing religious freedom, and illegally detaining hundreds of activists, according to Sikh24.com.
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